Curbside Classic Volkswagen’s Deadly Sin #1 1974 412 The Truth… — Volkswagen 411,412

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Curbside Classic: Volkswagen’s Sin #1: 1974 412

Every good has its time in the sun, but the trick is to get out of it skin cancer appears. The engine configuration was once a especially in the form of the ground-breaking and Tatra 77 in 1934. Ferdinand adopted it as his own for his various VW prototypes led to the seminal Beetle of 1938. But by the sixties, the Europeans’ interest was shifting to FWD. Not VW. Quite and confused amidst all the excitement FWD, and becoming dangerously VW developed and built what be the final blowout of the rear-engined the 411/412. It has been referred to as Edsel.

To get a little history and on the 411/412, one only needs to at…the 311 (above). A prototype (EA designed to replace the Type 3 it was, for conservative VW, a big step. The 311 had a body, instead of the platform of the Beetle and Type 3. And it was styled the help of Pininfarina. But VW chickened and instead just grafted a nose on the cramped and obsolete 3. But having come this and needing a bigger sedan to against the very popular Rekord, the basic design was up a bit and became the the 411.

Introduced in Europe in 1968, the 411 quickly fell on its long It was (finally) roomy, and solidly like all VWs, but the rear concept now showed its limitations. The 1.7 L boxer four was slow and Despite the big schnozz, luggage still wasn’t up to par. And it was too high. Sales never off, which alarmed VW. It led to the decision to quickly rebadge the advanced FWD NSU K70 as a Volkswagen, after VW that foundering company. But that was a stop-gap, until VW up and just adopted the very B1 Audi 80/Fox platform for its (CC  here ).

Well, at least it did have doors, which alone was for a VW. That gave rise to a saying about the 411′s four doors, eleven too late.

Starting out with 68 hp didn’t help either; the year a somewhat more 80 hp fuel injected engine along. But even that was for a car that was exactly the size and of the Corvair, which had a much six cylinder engine. For whatever the 411/412 didn’t make it to the US 1971, two years after the demise, to take up the banner for the

Even if the 411 was conservative for European it did introduce a host of new design/build to VW. The unitized body, MacPherson front suspension, non-swing rear suspension, automatic and disc brakes came out of the development, and soon showed up in VW products, with varying of success. But after Fiat’s 128 appeared in 1969, the template for FWD cars was set, and VW efforts all amounted to rearranging the Titanic’s chairs.

The 412 appeared in 1972, a revised nose and a slightly 1.8 L engine. Not that it really any difference. The 412′s reputation for underpowered and thirsty was now cemented in the mind. And the sales numbers it: In its six year run, VW managed to a total of 368k of them of which only 117k to the US. This is during a time VW was used to selling almost a Beetles to eager Americans

Like the smaller squareback, the was by far the most successful 411/412 IMHO. The very low and flat meant that there was a amount of room above it in the And then there was still fairly decent sized up front. And the rear engine it superb traction, of course. The that the sedans didn’t a hatchback made its configuration versatile. Now if only VW had made a wagon version, it would been a true successor to the but equally unloved Corvair

If you’ve noticed that the I shot seems to be sitting high, you’re right. It is, by In typical Germanic fashion, VW to make sure the 411 had plenty of luggage capacity (weight to counter any critics. It’s for 220kg (almost 500 lbs), the big springs. The owner of the wagon did what many 411/412 do: cut down the front spring and that nose be pointing at the earth instead of the sun.

The shares quite a bit in common the VW/Porsche 914, which earned Deadly Sin status by JB. Ironically, I find the 914 a much successful concept than the and I’ll do a rebuttal on one soon. But would have been is a 911-powered 411/412, to take up the battle where the Corvair left off. Then the 411 would have had some meaning.

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